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in "the situation room." >>> don, thanks very much. happening now, fighting between israel and hamas militants gets more explosive with an attack that could help turn the conflict into a full fledged ground war. also, david petraeus emerges from the shadow of the scandal to testify before congress. did he clear up confusion about the attack on the u.s. diplomats in benghazi? and another high-profile republican now running away from mitt romney after he tried to blame his loss on so-called gifts from president obama. james carville and ari fleischer, they are here this hour. we're going to talk about the gop's hand wringing and back stabbing. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> hamas militants -- [ gunfire ] -- there they are. hamas militants in gaza keep unleashing rocket attacks on israel and get alarmingly close to jerusalem. a new provocation as they continue the air assault on what it calls terrorist targets in za. the death toll i rising along wiars of anall-out israeli ground invasion. the israeli cabinet has just approved the call-up of 75,000 army reservists
sound of air-raid sirens ringing out across israel as well as rocket fire as violence rages for four straight days. i'm gregg jarrett. >> heather: i'm healther childers. israel bombing the gaza strip. hundreds of air strikes hitting government buildings and smuggling tunnels. defense forces firing off the so-called iron dome anti-missile system as rockets rain down on israeli cities. fivizes were wounded. it was a port city. if tel aviv. police say a hamas rocketed was destroyed in midair by the defense system, all of this as the death toll climbs on both sides with reports of 42 palestinians and 3 israelis killed so far. israeli forces continue massive building up of artillery and as many as 75,000 troops in possible for a ground invasion of the gaza strip. david lee miller is live on the front lines. david lee? >> reporter: that is right. we're short distance from the border and over my shoulder, perhaps you can make out the iron dome missile defense system. during the last several hours, israel has continued to pound the gaza strip. there have been more than 200 air strikes and th
for unprecedented power. so far, so good, that cease fire between israel and hamas is holding for now. but there are real fears even the slightest flare-up could kick off chaos. >>> how was i to know he would do a dumb thing like that? >> and tv's original bad boy. hollywood reacting this morning to the death of "dallas" star larry hagman. >>> good morning, everyone. i'm randi kaye. it is 10:00 on the east coast, 7:00 a.m. on the west, and here's where we start this morning. larry hagman's family says he was surrounded by family at the end. the 81-year-old actor died of complications from cancer. he's best known for his iconic portrayal of j.r. ewing in the show "dallas." it's a role that he always called his favorite. peter fonda said goodbye to his friend on twitter, saying hagman brought so much fun to everyone's life. cnn entertainment corresponde m correspondent careen winter joins us. i understand that you are at larry hagman's star on the hollywood walk of fame. are people showing up to pay their respects? >> not yet, but you can bet that will change as the morning continues. w
as the rockets keep flying and air attacks buy israel keep coming. here is the latest. terrorist group hamas says it will not back down unless demands are met. israel is upping the trouble saying they are ready for a ground invasion. you think gas prices are high now? hold on to your wallets. the average price for regular is $3.42 a gallon a record high for this time of year. you think it is going where, if, say, israel goes in with taverns -- tanks to gaza? >>guest: higher. we import eight million barrels a day of oil into the united states. we also import gasoline and while it doesn't directly come out of certainly the israeli and gaza strip area it comes from the middle east, most of it comes from other areas, but, oil is a global product and if there is increased escalation of the conflict in the middle east, it is going to affect oil prices, it will affect gasoline prices and the price at the pump will certainly be going higher. >>stuart: when you say increased escalation are you talking about israel sending the taverns on the ground into gaza or a widers asklation where the suez canal is th
around our other ally israel, and that instability continues to grow. one of the things that was helpful from egypt while president mubarak was in charge, at least there was some effort to restrict the transfer of rockets into the gaza strip. so there were some tunnels that would be found, the tunnels had to be kept small so they were able to get smaller rockets into gaza. but now that there's a new regime, apparently the bigger rockets are getting in to gaza and they pose more and more of a threat as they continue to be fired into israel. the action is not only the fall of an ally, president mubarak, but the assistance in bringing to power in egypt the muslim brotherhood. they want to see israel gone and they would also not mind seing the united states gone. it's important when formulating foreign policy that the united states, particularly the obama administration, decide, are we going to be assisted with our own personal security issue here in the united states by the actions we take or are the re-- reactions that are going to be caused by our actions actually going to cause greater t
as israel always risky choices on and gaza. clinton will travel to the middle east today to discuss ongoing violence in gaza according to white house officials she will talk with leaders in jerusalem, ramallah and cairo. issues leading the east asia summit that president obama is an app. the death toll in the gaza strip surpassed 100 on monday. with evidence that an egyptian a truce is in the side. ben rose, the deputy national security adviser for strategic administration at the white house says clinton and obama have been talking about this threat to the trip. -- throughout the trip. they discussed the way forward. they concluded the best way to the dance discussions with leaders is for secretary clinton to take this trip beginning with our close partner, israel. and clinton's middle east talks do not include hamas leaders. they say the secretary will not meet with hamas, that states does not recognize diplomatically. clinton cut short her stay at the east asia summit to take this trip. headline in the "baltimore sun" -- middle east conflict puts the united states in a bind. israel risks
hamas and israel has stretched into a seventh day. israeli forces fight to put an end to months of indiscriminate rocket attacks on israeli civilians. while a cease-fire was said to be eminent, it looks as though diplomacy and the fighting will continue for at least another day. this evening, secretary of state hillary clinton joined the parade of diplomats trying to end the crisis which so far has taken at least 130 palestinian and 5 israeli lives before talks began with israeli prime minister netanyahu secretary clinton defined america's bottom line for the crisis. >> it is essential to de-escalate the situation in gaza. the rocket attacks from terrorist organizations inside gaza on israeli cities and towns must end and a broader calm restored. >> eliot: the secretary also said any short-term solution should lead to something more lasting. >> the goal must be a durable outcome that promotes regional stability and advances the security and legitimate aspirations of israelis and palestinians alike. >> eliot: bu
of israel and hamas are in egypt separately for peace talks. hamas issuing its demand for a cease-fire. they want israel to end a long-running military blockade of gaza immediately. the carnage from the last 24 hours, arwa damon is in gaza city. >> reporter: the large slab of concrete and mangled metal finally gives way. buried beneath it, another lifeless body. it's the second child we've seen. there was also a baby. others in the neighborhood say the blast killed all ten people who lived here. israel says it was targeting a man who heads a rocket launch unit. people we spoke with said they never heard of him. this was a family home. >> people here are telling us that so far those who have been killed in this strike have been women and children. and they have not been able to find any survivors. just moments ago, from that back corner, they did pull out the body of a tiny child. an over here there's another frantic effort under way. tempers easily flare as frustration and anger mount. >> she's my uncle's wife, this young man shouts. rage coupled with sorrow etched across his face
vittert is live from the israel-gaza border for us right now. leland. >> certainly, jon what we're seeing right now is a majorress ka lace. there hav major escalation. there have never been rockets fired, first time in 20 years on tell louisiana sreufplt it's going to elicit a very strong response from israel here along the border we continue to take incoming fire. there is an eerie feeling of sorts around here that an all out ground offensive by israel is imminent. there is so much take of the iron dome interest septembering missiles but it's not perfect and it doesn't work this close to gaza where home-made rockets fly out there is not time. it impacted right here a couple of yards from a house. you see what it did to the whole barbecue area. had there been people out here they won't have stood a chance. to give you an idea as to what it would do to a person if somebody was standing out here. this is the wall of the house and you can see where the strap tphashap knellvan knel shrapnel embedded itself. had you been outside this would have been you, ten seconds life or death. >> ten secon
out of the sky in israel as defense forces use an every growing target list to halt days of rocket attacks. welcome to "america live." i'm megyn kelly. the terrorist group hamas signaling in negotiations today that it will not compromise and if israel wants the rocket attacks to stop it must give in to the group's demands. we just got this video a couple of hours ago. one of our first looks at the rockets as they are launched at the israelis. overnight a barrage of rockets hit at least one home and a school, fortunately that school was closed at the time. the home had been evacuated. israeli defense forces have been attacking a series of military targets. here israeli missiles hit the headquarters of palestinian security forces in gaza city. since the israeli defense operation bee gone more than 1100 rockets have been fired at the jewish state and israel's iron dome missile defense system has interest tere septembered 324 of them. they have attacked 1300 targets inside gaza a and yet there are reports of civilian casualties. leland vittert is in the danger zone along the bordered.
pretty well in terms of -- from the western perspective in working with israel. he has a lot to prove to the outside world and his own people. >> reporter: now, the obama administration is calling for calm in egypt pushing the leadership there to work together to resolve their differences peacefully and through "democratic dialogue." joe. >> everybody i think is a little stunned about the timing of all of this, dan. is the white house saying anything about whether there's some type of linkage between the timing of the gaza agreement and this move by mohamed morsi? >> reporter: they're not at all. in fact, the white house has been really pushing a lot of the comment on this through the state department which of course as i mentioned a short time ago did release that statement. i think it's really too early to tell. they are watching carefully what the developments are there and will have more comment i suspect as they get more information. >> thanks so much for that, dan lothian at the white house. we're just over two days into the israeli/hamas cease-fire along the gaza border and alr
church, the evangelical lutheran church wanting to end all relationships with the state of israel, i think our country -- we are literally being occupied by a foreign government by the state of israel. i have to tell you, when you look at the economic apartheid on wall street where the american people are treading on one platform while the zionist regime in control of our country is trading, we are becoming a nation that is completely and utterly occupied. host: that was patrick from pennsylvania. hi, judy. caller: hi. i just want to say that my husband dave and i are very optimistic about the future. we are happy that the president won. our concern -- your last caller was talking about religion and the churches. we don't see why they should be playing a part in our government and big we are concerned about the separation of church and state. we are also concerned about the racial hatred that is going on, especially in florida. that is a concern because we live with that. i think a lot of it stems from fox news and too many people like rush limbaugh. free speech is great but when it
news. >> the deadly fighting between israel and hamas stopped for now, but what will it take for the ceasefire to hold? we are live in jerusalem. >>> and ambassador susan rice publicly defending her earlier comments, calling the attack in libya that killed four american spontaneous. will it be enough for those opposed to her possible nomination for secretary of state? >>> and a very controversial new study about mammograms, questioning the value of the screenings. should you or shouldn't you get one? it's all "happening now." ♪ ♪ finish. rick: and we begin with hope for a new beginning in israel and gaza. so glad you're with us, everybody, i'm rick folbaum, in for jon scott. heather: and i'm heather childers in for jenna lee. it is a busy news day. the rocket fire and airstrikes stopped for now after more than a week of the worst cross-border fighting in four years. a ceasefire deal reached between's reel and hamas is holding -- between israel and hamas is holding. the only noise today, celebrations. palestinians marching side by side with yellow and green flags in a rare
clinton praised him for helping broker the deal between hamas and israel and so far, at least the administration issued, the state department, a tepid criticism. how tough should they get with them? directly say pull back, what should our demands an leverage be? >> our leverage is obviously, not only the substantial billions in aid we provide, plus, debt forgiveness and an i. -- an imf deal, but the marshalling world publish opinion is against this kind of move by mr. morsi. we appreciate president morsi's action but it always in the past the united states that brokered the deals and there is a clear perception at least amongst hamas that they won on this one. and, unfortunately, the plo has been, mahmoud abbas and others have been diminished as a result of the negotiations and the settlement reached, and i predict hamas will continue to test the israelis and how far they can go. and, finally, let's trace some of this back to iran. where did the missiles come from that were being fired? iran. where are the iranian revolutionary guard on the ground? syria, the centrifuges conti
the scenes to try to keep the conflict between israel and hamas from escalating. rockets and missiles are flying back and forth between gaza and israel with multiple deaths on both sides now. and right now there's fear this could become an all-out ground war. our senior international correspondent sara sidner is in gaza city for us right now. sara, what is the very latest on this extremely tense situation? >> reporter: we have just heard moments ago, wolf, another air strike, a huge boom and then a black plume of smoke. you can actually see that with your eyes even though it is very dark here now. as we're getting information in just right now from that latest air strike, we are hearing that there are several people who have been killed. perhaps several children. we're still looking into that right now. this is just one in a series of air strikes today that have been a barrage of blasts all day long followed by huge plumes of black smoke. but we have also seen dozens upon dozens of rockets leaving this area and areas all along the gaza strip into israel. i want to let you hear that. [
-fire is holding but still massive challenges has to be dealt with. israel and hamas will send representatives to cairo to continue negotiations through the mediators. later this next couple of days or so probably starting on monday, but there is talks from hamas saying they will continue to rearm and continue to fight, but right now the cease-fire is holding as part of the agreement. israel said they will ease the blockade around gaza, but israel wants guarantees for security because these are two of the really big points that will be worked out in the coming days. still, life in the holy land is beginning to return to some type of normal life here. schools are reopening on both sides of the border. yesterday. israeli children went back to school in southern israel. this coming as stores and markets are reopening and in gaza, palestinian children returned to school for the first time in more than a week. this comes after the rockets and missiles have stopped. there are some signs of legally progress. also we are hearing that palestinian officials in gaza are being able to go out and take boat
a cease-fire deal between israel and hamas, following 8 days of cross-border fighting in israel and gaza and now the white house has to deal with that egyptian leader, who is expanding his presidential power. and, causing, unrest, once again and molly henneberg live in washington with the news. no coincidence, i'm guessing on his timing of the power grab? >> reporter: that's right, harris, middle east analysts say no, he was riding high on the world stage after helping to negotiate that cease-fire, between israel and hamas and gaza and decided to make his move and consolidate more of his power in egypt. here's more on that. >> now, washington has to take a choice, are we going to put more pressure on morsi, but if we do so he may not work with us on stabilizing the gaza piece, it will be difficult for this administration to deal with. >> reporter: the move, quote, raises concerns for many egyptians and the international community. harris? >> harris: what about the white house? any idea what they will do next regarding egypt. >> reporter: so far the obama administration is not calling out
a nuclear weapon? the problem is it leaves israel out of the equation. even though the united states and iran and the obama administration might come to that kind of a deal. forget about the consequences that deal might have, israel isn't going to necessarily like that deal. and if israel perceives it's been isolated and it's on its own they may do something, preemptive strike against iran. while israel can start that war. it can't finish it. and that's why iran did what it did. it wanted to show the united states that whatever happens between israel and iran, don't realize -- don't forget the fact that the united states will be drawn into it, too. i think it was a warning shot from iran. shannon: the white house denied there are secret talks involving valley jarrod. they say it's absolutely not happening. this isn't the first time we heard a report along these lines. what is your sense? >> my sense is we probably are -- maybe not directly negotiating with iran. but there have been suggestions the united states and iran are looking into some kind of diplomacy. one of the first things
broker that peace between -- that cease-fire between hamas and israel. perhaps thinking that he is suddenly a leader on the world stage he decided to announce that all of the decisions he has made since assuming office in january cannot be challenged by the egyptian courts. as you can see a number of especially young people in egypt none too pleased about this. they have been protesting in cairo and alexandria and other places. morsi of course an islamist, a member of the muslim brotherhood, the ideological ally of hamas. it is yet to be seen what the response will be from the obama administration to these new powers that he has awarded himself. he has also ordered a new trial for his predecessor hosni mubarak. we will continue to watch the troubles developing inee lit up and the protest both in favor of and against that country's president. we'll keep an eye on it "happening now." also this fox news alert, holiday shoppers nationwide out in droves to take advantage of black friday tkaoerblgs man black friday deals, many of them cutting thanksgiving short to get in lines. they a
diplomacy aimed at stopping the battle of air strikes and rockets between israel and hamas. rumors of a cease-fire flew all day, and secretary of state clinton arrived in the region after nightfall. she met first with israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu, and called for more than just a temporary truce. >> the rocket attacks from terrorist organizations inside gaza on israeli cities and towns must end and a broader calm restored. the goal must be a durable outcome that promotes regional stability and advances the security and legitimate aspirations of israelis and palestinians alike. >> brown: prime minister netanyahu said he'll take whatever military action is necessary. underscoring that point, the israelis launched new air strikes after dark. we have a report from john ray of independent television news in gaza. and a warning, some of the images may be disturbing. >> reporter: they packed in a panic, loading cars and donkey carts. tonight israel warned palestinians to evacuate the border, to head to the safety of gaza city wher. whether war or peace was heading their way, t
to normal as israel begins to ease border restrictions into gaza after a cease-fire agreement with hamas the other day and that ended eight days of cross border fighting which claimed the lives of 166 palestinians and six israeli civilians. as part of a truce brokered by egypt israel agreed to ease more restrictions of gaza border blockade after they first took over in 2007. >> no doubt the white house is watching the developments in egypt very closely as the timing of this sweeping power grab raises new questions. president morsi's move coming just a day after egypt helped broker a cease-fire between israel and hamas. molly henneberg is live in washington and molly, we heard that the state department put out a statement on this, but omits one thing which is what? >> his name, president morsi's name. instead the state department says the decisions and declarations in egypt quote, raised concerns for egyptians and the community. and assuring that power would not be overly concentrated in the hand of any one person or institution. but it does not call on president morsi directly to reverse
east. elections are coming up in israel, in jordan, in egypt, iran and elsewhere. we're seeing in front of our eyes more violent change happening in syria. the reverberations of which are being felt on everyone of that country's borders. elsewhere from beirut to bahrain domestic politics is at a low boil ready to burst out in a way that can affect our interests in very fundamental ways. there are two problems at the far ends of the threat spectrum. the iran nuclear challenge on the one hand and the spread of al qaeda and affiliated terrorism on the other that will continue to dominate and lest we forget within a year of taking office both presidents obama and bush, his predecessor, were faced with previously unforeseen events that fundamentally challenged their middle east policies. 9/11 for president bush and the arab spring for president obama. so there's a lot on the agenda. today we're going to take a early look at what will be and what should be the foreign policy of a second obama administration in the middle east. now we at the washington institute, for us this is just the beginn
bogus items. syria used distraction of fighting between israel and palestinians to resupply government troops in syria. correspondent leland vittert has the evidence. >> bretevidence >> reporter: they have been firing off and appearing ready for battle. the western intelligence sources tell fox news the men are ire rainian revolutionary guard troops coming to help bashar assad in the syria long civil war. they have exploited the attention on syria to ramp up the flight. often sending ton of ammunition, weapon and equipment multiple times a week. they are flying via rocky air space. the u.s. put pressure on iraq. iraq is inspecting the planes but sources say it's done on the return flight. when the plane is empty to appease the u.s. keep the flight coming. 18 months since the civil war. deflection from the syrian army means that assad has less well-trained men. >> recent rebel takeover have robbed the soldiers of equipment. and the army is running low on ammunition. >> while diplomatic pressure from united states is the only thing to stop iran shipments via iraqi air space, in israel th
agreement between hamas and israel which may beer maybe not. maybe he did a great job. there are also arms being smuggled through egypt so maybe he got too much credit. >> he seized the day. his name is on top of all newspapers. here i am, i need to consolidate power this morning. >> charles krauthammer believes there is a connection between the praise that came from the united states and what president morsey has done now in egypt. >> i'm not surprised at all that the brotherhood is now essentially engaging in a cudahy that. the shamelessness and speed in which he did this the day after the agreement. i think the administration has to wonder whether the praise it gave which was fusive and excessive didn't give morsey the sense that he can can strike now because he has been elevated to a great world leader. he had to do the cease-fire because he needs the money and he wouldn't have had it otherwise. and also because egypt has never wanted to be dragged back into the palestine wars by the palestinians who want everybody to die on their behalf. >> he then went out and spoke to large crowds s
are coming up in israel, jordan, egypt, iran, and elsewhere. we are seeing in front of our eyes, more violent change happening in syria. the reverberations of which are being felt in every one of the country's borders. elsewhere from beirut to buy ryan, domestic politics is at a low boil, waiting to burst out, in a way that could affect our interests in very fundamental ways. there are two problems at the far end of the threat spectrum. the iran nuclear challenge on the one hand and the spread of al qaeda on the other hand -- they will continue to dominate. let's not forget -- within a year taking office, both president obama and bush, his predecessor, were faced with previously unforeseen events that fundamentally challenged their middle east policies. 9/11 for prison -- for president bush, and the arab spring or president obama. there is a lot on the agenda. today, we will take an early look at what will be and what should be the foreign policy of the second obama administration in the middle east. we at the washington institute, for us this is just the beginning of a quite a number of even
this could hurt the chance of ever reaching peace with israel. >> reporter: her concern is that the vote would rise tensions with israel president palestine is likely to get their way. they see this upgraded status with the united nations would be a significant step toward independent statehood. this is video from palestine tv of rallies ahead of the united nations vote. after their failed bid last year today they are trying a different approach. they are asking for nonmember swerver status like the vatican. >> for the world to start to rectify a grave historical injustice that the palestine ans have undergone beginning the creation of the state of israel in 1948. >> the un vote comes after a week of a cease fire. the president needs the vote to boost his own authority but the united states said any hope of restarting peace talks between israel and palestine would be set back. reporting live from washington dc. allison burns. >> all right. today the president invites romney for lunch at white house. during his victory speech election night he said he would reach out to romney. white h
are very high you heard israel's prime minister binyamin netanyahu at u.n. a month ago and israel did a strike against arms manufacturing in sudan. the fact they would come out this aggressively is bad about how bad how quickly it can get violent. >>shepard: to have done it if it is in their airspace is one thing but this is international airspace. >>guest: it is but you get in tit for tat. we can say one thing, believe one thing but that doesn't mean in domestic consumption for iran we believe that. we get into issues about whether it is 12 nautical miles some say it exists beyond that and some say rocks a mile off their coast are part their property. so there are issues on that. but from an iranian domestic consumption point of view it is a huge win for the iranian government to do this showing in the face of strong sanctions they are still able to put fighters in the air and they are not going to be pushed around by the west. >>shepard: i guess as you try to unite your people who do not have enough gas or food it is a valuable weapon. >>guest: exactly. that is a reason it is such a
radioactive element called polonium. they believe israel is behind any poisoning of arafat. the spokesman for benjamin netanyahu tells our own wolf blitzer that they had nothing to do with arafat's death. he died in 2004 after having a brain hemorrge and slip sboog a coma. and the justice department started talks on the fast and furious lawsuit. republicans want to force attorney general eric holder to turn over certain documents tied to the gun trafficking operation. the obama administration has withheld these documents under executive privilege. holder tells cnn "i think there's a deal that can be struck." and we will bring you more on this very important story in the next hour of "the situation room." and the u.s. navy wants to replace the aging fleet of marine one helicopters. reuter reports the navy plans to buy 25 new helicopters used to transport the president. that's according to a draft request for the proposal. the first of the new helicopters would be ready in 2020. you might recall in 2009 the navy failed at its attempt to buy new marine one helicopters when a program run by l
that would boost their status on the world stage. the united states and israel have lobbied hard against the move warning it could backfire and actually set back palestinian hopes for full statehood and negotiated peace. but with some key european nations on board, palestinians view the vote as a game changer. cnn's frederik pleitgen reports from the west bank city of ramallah. >> reporter: the final rally before heading to new york, palestinian president mahmoud abass addressing supporters. the final decision is to head to the united nations tomorrow he says to enhance the position of palestine to an observers state in the united states and the first step to achieve all our national palestinian rights. if the palestinians win a majority in the u.n. general assemb assembly, the u.n. will recognize palestine as a nonmember observer state like the vatican. its territory to include the west bank, gaza and east jerusalem. >> for the world to begin to rectify a grave historical unjustice that the palestinians had undergone beginning with the creation of the state of israel in 1948. >> reporte
, and rages on for a second day. palestinian militants bombarded israel with more than 20 rockets at borders yesterday. renewed violence started saturday, militant first fired a missile at israeli patrols and responded with shelling and israeli prime minister says he's prepared to strike even harder if they do not stop attacking israel. and new overnight a massive explosion at a-- in an indianapolis neighborhood. at least one person killed, two others hurt and the blast sent debris flying into homes, waking people out of their sleep. >> it looked like a war zone. i mean, one of my neighborhoods said there was someone in the house, and they were in the basement. they were able to get him out. but they got us out and evacuated the whole neighborhood, so it's pretty bad. >> about 200 people were taken to a nearby elementary school. 200 homes destroyed. others damaged. no word what caused that explosion. and frightening moments for 130 people on board a southwest airlines plane as it slid off the runway at denver international airport at oakland last night. bad weather may have been a factor sin
him to account for what he does domestically and regionally. >> in cairo today delegations from israel and hamas are there for indirect talks to work on details beyond the initial cease-fire. i have a list of topics they're expected to cover, opening border crossings, easing israel's economic blockade and what do you expect from these discussions today? what are the chances any progress will be made? >> i think these already tough discussions. all the leverage that comes with having the military action on going is gone now. the pressure to make tough concessions and compromises is diminished and morsi is very distracted biz his own domestic crisis. i think you can have these talks go on for some time without major changes and that sets up the prospect for more conflict in the future. >> during this time if it takes awhile will the cease-fire hold? >> i think right now neither side has interest and i think more israel if iran starts to rearm hamas very quickly and i think they will see that as an untenable situation and it is possible you could over the next weeks see a resumption in so
to be. that is a matter between israel and the palestinians, and the u.s. can nudge and between and all of that. but in the end, if netanyahu and the palestinians are not in the position to bring resolution to this, then at it is not really going to be something that president obama can do. certainly something he would like very much to do. netanyahu -- i mean, now that the election is over, i think we will see prime minister netanyahu have a recalculation of the relationship with obama and how it has to go forward. it has not been close in the previous four years. it has been pragmatic and grudgingly accepting a reality on both sides, but there is an opportunity for that to change. host: do you have thoughts on that, scott? guest: just a follow-up. netanyahu had a personal relationship with romney and was a very secret about who he wanted to win the election and that was not president obama, who applied quite a bit of pressure to israel in his first term to try to secure a peace deal called israel settlements in the west bank. israel felt sort of hard-done by a lot of this bit of the a
in the face to the u.s. and israel and two of only 9 companies to vote against the new palestinian resolution. 138 countries voted in favor of giving palestinian the upgraded status and what happens now? the question, are we going to give them money for this upgraded status? let's ask john boulton, former u.s. ambassador to the united nations. he joins us on the phone. it's very simple, ambassador, are we going to be paying for palestinian? >> well, i think it's going to come in very short order, this vote won't do it, but, you know, this is part of the effort by the palestinian authority over the years to pretend that it's actually a state, and to justify more assistance, i think it will try and use u.n. channels more effectively to get money and may well join other u.n. specialized agencies now that the general assembly said it's the state. ab you know, israel and the state department have tried to play down yesterday's vote, but i'm afraid unlike a lot of u.n. votes which truly are completely meaningless, this one is going to have a real effect. >> ultimately i've got about 20 seconds left
your pick, libya, showdown between iran and israel and syria. why would the voters say this election matters more than most? go to cnn.com/caffertyfile. you can post a comment on the blog there. or you can go to our post on the "the situation room" facebook page. i guess they're all important. but the interest in this was particularly high. >> it was very intense. and obviously people out there want to know more. that's what we're going to try to give them. thanks very much, jack, for that. >> sure. >> there's also no doubt that this election clearly mattered for minorities, most of whom came out in droves for the president surprising those who predicted many would stay home. lisa sylvester's working this part of the story for us. lisa, you've got some new details as well. >> yeah, wolf, if you look at the exit poll data, what comes out clear as day is that president obama had the youth vote and the minority vote. and that's part one. but the second half of that is that voter turnout in the key swing states, african-americans either met the turnout rate of 2008 or in the case of ohio
to the united states and israel. in part it is intended to intimidate the obama administration, but look. efforts to shoot down on an aerial vehicles, the drills, the continued progress of the iranian of their weapons program of go to show that they are not being slowed down by the sanctions. they have no intention of giving up their nuclear ambitions. if you do not like these actions now, imagine how much more difficult it will be to deal with once it gets nuclear weapons. lou: benghazi, open hearings scheduled for next thursday. are you hopeful that the american public will learn something more and sensitive about what happened and why the u.s. government did not do more to save the lives of four americans. >> surely we should have learned more about this before the election, will we are definitely going to learn more after. this story will not go away. we will finally get some clarity lou: you get the last word. >> well, i think the administration is still going to try and stonewall. we know that a number of cables %-have been pulled out under the guise that there is an investigation
of celebratory phone calls from world leaders like the u.k.'s david cameron and israel's benjamin netanyahu. the euphoria of re-election is quickly giving way to hard reality of governing with the foreign policy crisis bubbling from iran to syria. plus, lingering questions about the terror attack in benghazi, which will result in those three different house and senate committees, grilling administration officials next thursday. >> hopefully now that we're past the election the administration will do the right thing. coming up to the election they did notch they claim to be the most pope and transparent administration ever but they are not going the basics in sharing with congress this basic information. >> one of the three panels the house foreign affairs committee invited secretary of state hillary clinton to testify about the terror attack for the first time. >> we are very committed to working with the congress throughout the process. >> on the domestic front second term issues are as thorny, with the president pushing for bipartisan deal on immigration reform and that eluded several pre
registered with the un . meanwhile, on sunday, israel fired a guided missile into syria as a warning shot. in the basque region of spain, residents in barricada held a vigil to pay homage to a 53- year-old woman who jumped from a balcony to her death as she was about to be evicted. the death of amaia egana marked the second suicide related to evictions in spain after a growing movement has put pressure on authorities to act. the government and opposition leaders were expected to meet on monday to work on changes to the country's mortgage laws which critics say favor banks and fail to cancel debts, even homes are repossessed. maine has seen a mounting economic crisis with unemployment now exceeding 25%. a general spite -- strike in spain has been called for wednesday. meanwhile, greece has passed a new austerity budget amidst mass protests in spending cuts and tax hikes. 15,000 anti-austerity demonstrators gathered outside the parliament. protesters condemned european leaders who demanded greek cuts in exchange for an international bailout. >> this is a budget that will bleed the greek peo
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